Ahead of a competition, such as the Multisport World Championships in Ibiza, a good training is as important as a good rest and a good nutritional recovery after physical exercise. For this reason the FETRI has reached an agreement with American Pistachios to make this snack the official recovery snack of the Ibiza Multisport World Championship 2023.
Here are some examples of how certain nutrients in pistachios can help triathlon athletes and sports enthusiasts alike.
Pistachios are a natural food with a high antioxidant capacity that rivals popular antioxidant-containing foods such as blueberries, pomegranates, cherries or beetroot. Exercise can cause muscle damage and mark muscles for oxidative stress and inflammation, resulting in decreased muscle activity and delayed recovery. Although more studies are needed to confirm the results, emerging evidence suggests that antioxidants may aid muscle recovery.
With 6 grams of protein per serving, pistachios are an ideal post-exercise snack. While adequate hydration and a balanced carbohydrate intake are important after exercise, research has shown that protein consumption is beneficial in preventing damage to muscle tissue after intense exercise. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests refuelling with a mixture of protein and carbohydrates 15-20 minutes after training for optimal muscle repair and recovery and to replenish muscle glycogen stores.
Pistachios are packed with hard-to-get nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin A and other phytochemicals, and are also a good source of cooper, magnesium and potassium. The body loses potassium through sweat during intense exercise, and potassium is an important electrolyte in the body that can help regulate nerve function, muscle control and blood pressure.